West Nile Virus Activity Intensifies, Aerial spraying being evaluated

July 16, 2018
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
Aerial spraying is being evaluated for Elk Grove, Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Rd.
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor areas throughout Sacramento County where West Nile virus activity has intensified over the last few weeks. Areas of concern include Elk Grove as well as the Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Rd. in the City of Sacramento. “We are seeing high levels of West Nile virus activity, we are very concerned and are evaluating aerial spraying,” said Gary Goodman District Manager. Lab results received today showed an increase to the already widespread activity. In response to the ongoing West Nile virus activity, the District has intensified ground mosquito control treatments.
Field staff are working extended hours to inspect and treat many area parks, trails, creeks, drainage canals and other riparian corridors where mosquito populations are high. “Activity is high and we are increasing our ground efforts to keep the virus from escalating,” added Goodman. Surveillance efforts will continue throughout the week and lab results will be available on Friday that will determine if aerial spraying will be conducted to quickly reduce mosquito populations that pose a public health threat.  
The District continues to work closely with local officials to inform residents about the increased activity and urge the public to protect themselves with a good insect repellent in addition to inspecting their homes for any stagnant water and identifying any mosquito breeding sources
For current information about any treatments planned please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net  and go to Spray Notifications.
2018 West Nile virus activity map: http://www.fightthebite.net/west-nile-virus-activity-map
Sacramento County:  95 mosquito samples and 49 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: 4 mosquito samples and 4 dead birds


To report stagnant water sources, request a home inspection or if you are being bothered by mosquitoes, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention: 
DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes. 
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.   
DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside. 
DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions! 
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net